Here we are finally in Phase 2 reopening for covid-19 and still a long way from being able to meet physically again. Sure hope you are all healthy! We miss you and I sure miss our Getting To Know You talks and our Guest Speakers!
“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein
Hope you all have found some opportunity during our times at home.
I thought I might share some of the things I have been doing and ask that you might do the same for future Newsletters.
I finally made a photo book and slideshow of our Full-time RV adventures.
It was fun to see people again.
We decided at that time to defer all Membership dues until we physically meet again and depending on the timing we will likely reduce fees for returning members.
For simplicity sake and due to no response to our plea for volunteers on our Management Team in our April email, we voted to nominate the same Management Team from 2019-20 for the 2020-21 Probus year. As always the General Membership votes for this (normally by a show of hands at the September General Meeting). If we can’t physically meet in September (we hope we can but it may not be possible) then I will send an email asking for your vote.
I will also ask for your vote to accept or decline our amended Club Bylaws. We did some clerical changes to bring them in line with Probus Canada guidelines and we have added a line to send a $50 donation to the charity of choice when a Probus member passes.
They are attached for your perusal.
Also, we will send you a copy of the Financial Balance Sheet for your approval in September.
Please keep in touch and send your jokes, life stories or whatever to keep us entertained.
God bless! Judy Hollinger, President
It is an absolutely beautiful summery afternoon, here in the age of Covid. I am grateful that I am already retired and able to adapt to this new normal. I certainly miss the quick trips out to the store for nothing in particular and trips to London for lunch with a friend. Our monthly Probus meetings do leave a vacant spot that I hope this newsletter fills a bit.
Probus was one of the first things I wanted to join when I retired, so I was thrilled to be part of you a year ago March. I also wanted to volunteer and engage myself in meaningful and worthwhile endeavors, which I have been able to fulfill, but are now on hiatus. Thank goodness for a huge stack of books of varying themes and genres to occupy some of my time. House work is no longer a thrill, but a necessary evil, which does leave a sense of satisfaction when accomplished. I am blessed with close friends with whom I chat daily to not only keep in touch, but to share and debate. The mind needs to be kept active. The weather has been cooperative for many long car rides and walks a simple and fulfilling enterprise.
As you may be aware, I am currently your vice-president. I get to work with a marvelous group of women on our management team who are creative and committed to providing interesting guest speakers and social opportunities. We will really celebrate once we are back.
My background is varied running the gambit from grocery store cashier in high school, to a parish priest in Essex County, to a geriatric social worker with Oxford County. I was able to go off to university at the tender age of 34 completing my bachelor’s degree at University of Waterloo, then a master’s degree at Wilfrid Laurier in counselling and then my master’s degree in theology from Western. A somewhat eclectic but self-informed mix that allowed me to journey with people through both difficult, challenging and joyful moments in their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed working with seniors as they traversed the transition into a long term care facility. I gained more than I gave.
Now after many years of employment and education, I can kick back and explore new paths and new opportunities with my husband Michael.
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